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Stories for October 10, 2011

Legal Framework To Pay For Convention Center Expansion Approved

Oct. 10
James R. Riffel, CNS

The City Council today unanimously voted to approve the legal framework for an assessment district to pay for the proposed $550-million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

SDG&E Customers Speak Out About Rate Hike Request

Oct. 10
By Erik Anderson
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California Utility Regulators got an earful Monday from people unhappy about San Diego Gas and Electric's billion-dollar-plus rate hike request.

City Leaders Support Right To Protest In Concourse

Oct. 10
Evening Edition
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A sampling of San Diego political leaders today found support for protesters camping out on city property at the downtown Community Concourse in the "Occupy San Diego'' movement.

American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty

Oct. 10
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In honor of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe created a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage. Hosted by director Taylor Hackford, “Pearl Jam Twenty” chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to mega-stardom, their step back from center stage and the creation of a work culture that would sustain them.

Police Say Death At Downtown Parking Structure Was Suicide

Oct. 10
By KPBS

One person was found dead after falling from a downtown parking structure, according to San Diego police.

Governor Brown Signs Bills Meant To Help Immigrants And Economy

Oct. 10
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills important to undocumented immigrants. The bills are also expected to impact the state's economy.

NATURE: Dogs That Changed The World, Parts One & Two

Oct. 10
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This is the epic story of one of the most amazing evolutionary journeys ever taken by a species. Thousands of years ago, as humans began to settle in villages, the wolf emerged from the wild and made the startling leap to “man’s best friend.” Once domesticated, dogs would accompany human cultures down through the centuries and to the far corners of the world. Much more recently, the Victorian Age transformed them into the most varied species, and one of the most common pets, on the planet. In the 21st century, dogs are once more changing our world by their use in cutting-edge scientific research and lifesaving medical care.

San Diego County Students More Often Suspended For Non-Violent, Non-Drug Infractions

Oct. 10
By Kyla Calvert

Suspensions and expulsions from school have become increasingly common in the last decade. In San Diego County, and across the country, students are likely to be suspended for what were once considered minor incidents.

Local Author Sheds Light on Politically Charged Iran of the 1960s

Oct. 10
By One Book One San Diego and Shay Dinata-Hanson
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Zohreh Ghahremani’s writing is dotted with poetic references and is beautifully lyrical in its style. Just like Roya’s picture window at school through which she admires the poppies, Ghahremani’s story provides us with a window through which we can view the past, both political and personal, and pay homage to those who have left imprints on our hearts and minds.

Women, War & Peace: I Came To Testify

Oct. 10
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Filmed in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia and Liberia, this five-hour series examines the changing roles of women in war and peace. "I Came to Testify" is the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war.

Is California's Initiative Process Working?

Oct. 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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California's initiative process turns 100 -- is it working?

Disembodied John Baldessari Talks Art With Jason Schwartzman

Oct. 10
By Angela Carone
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Check out this video of actor Jason Schwartzman haunted by the large, projected visage of artist John Baldessari. They talk Cubism, Impressionism, and how to boldly walk into a museum.

Masked/Unmasked Unveiled At Green Scene Gallery

Oct. 10
Midday Edition
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This past Saturday So Say We All held an opening reception for a new photography exhibit called Masked/Unmasked. The two-woman show features work from San Diego-based artists Adriene Hughes and Rebecca Webb.

History Detectives: Chandler Tintype; Harlem Heirs; Ince Ledger

Oct. 10
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In this episode a one-of-a-kind photograph poses a jarring question: Is the African American wearing a Confederate uniform slave or free? Wes Cowan first encountered this Civil War tintype in his role as an "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser. Now the owner of this tintype and his friend, both direct descendants of the two men in the photograph, ask Wes Cowan to track down the rest of the story. And, did Hollywood treat the Native Americans listed in this payment ledger fairly? Then, an ornate stock certificate unlocks secrets to the earliest days of Harlem.

Brown Rejects New Restrictions On Big Box Stores

Oct. 10
City News Service

A bill by Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, that would have required developers of big-box superstores to file reports on potential impacts to surrounding neighborhoods was vetoed, Gov. Jerry Brown announced today.

FRONTLINE: The Anthrax Files

Oct. 10
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In "The Anthrax Files," FRONTLINE, ProPublica, and McClatchy Newspapers take a hard look at the FBI’s handling of the country’s most notorious act of bioterrorism. After months of investigation, review of more than 27,000 pages of documents, and interviews with central figures in the case—including the head of the FBI’s anthrax task force and the top assistant U.S. Attorney on the case—"The Anthrax Files" reveals new information that challenges some of the FBI findings and examines how the government attempted to solve the case.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Letting CA Minors Get STD Vaccine

Oct. 10
Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown has waded into the national debate over child vaccinations for sexually transmitted diseases, signing into law a bill allowing children as young as 12 to get vaccinated without their parents' consent.

A Look At Iowa's First Majority Hispanic Town

Oct. 10
David Schaper, NPR
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One place the Hispanic population is growing is in the overwhelmingly white state of Iowa. The latest census figures show the Hispanic population, while only 5 percent of the state, has almost doubled since 2000.

Calif. Gov. Enacts Ban On Open Handgun Carrying

Oct. 10
Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown's says he has signed a measure that bans the open carrying of handguns in California.

Discovery Could Pave The Way For More Effective Vaccines

Oct. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology say they've discovered how the body generates immune cells at ports of entry like the mouth. The finding could help scientists design better vaccines.

One Year After Daughter's Murder, Family Still Waits for Answers

Oct. 10
By Amita Sharma
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One year after a San Diego City College student was brutally murdered inside a campus bathroom, the suspect -- her estranged husband -- remains a fugitive.

Microloan Lets Woman Break Into Niche Market

Oct. 10
By Katie Orr
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A microlending program in San Diego has enabled a local woman to start what's become a thriving business.